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Hooper returns for West Country derby

4 February 2016

Club Captain Stuart Hooper will return for Bath Rugby's local derby against Aviva Premiership rivals Gloucester this Friday night at the Rec, kick-off 19.45. 

Hooper partners Wales international Dominic Day in the second row for one of rugby's oldest rivalries.

The back row of Matt Garvey, Francois Louw and Leroy Houston is unchanged from the meeting with Saracens. Only hooker Rob Webber remains from that starting front row, joined this week by Max Lahiff and David Wilson.

Dan Bowden, who made his Club debut last Saturday at inside centre, moves to fly-half, as scrum-half Chris Cook makes his tenth start of the season. Kyle Eastmond returns at inside centre with Matt Banahan partnering him in the midfield.

Tom Homer, Bath's try-scorer last weekend, is named at fullback in an unchanged back three alongside wings Horacio Agulla and Semesa Rokoduguni.   

Bath Rugby team to face Gloucester 

15 Tom Homer
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Matt Banahan
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Horacio Agulla
10 Dan Bowden
9 Chris Cook
1 Max Lahiff
2 Rob Webber
3 David Wilson
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dominic Day
6 Matt Garvey
7 Francois Louw
8 Leroy Houston

Replacements

16 Tom Dunn
17 Nathan Catt
18 Henry Thomas
19 Charlie Ewels
20 Tom Ellis
21 Alafoti Faosiliva
22 Niko Matawalu
23 Max Clark

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